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Tim JFowler

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Living cool and green in the American Southwest
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I love garlic, because it has been so simple to grow.

I plant in the fall, add compost, water in the spring, harvest when the leaves fall over. This fall I planted a ring of garlic and alliums around our apple tree to see how they cooperate. Garlic is supposed to hold the grass back and otherwise act as a good companion plant to the apple tree.

Re: choosing garlic. I replant some of our own and also plant garlic from the local farmer's market or our CSA.

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Tim
10 years ago
Some food for thought on the urban (suburban) vs. rural sustainability question - http://energybulletin.net/node/3757 .

There are pros and cons to living rurally vs. "in town". My biggest concern is dependence on automobiles. If you need to drive (to work, school, the store, etc.) on a daily basis then I don't think your location is very sustainable.

I think finding the right community of people is very important and that can happen either in a city or in the country.

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Tim
11 years ago
Sepp's "Russian Corn" could be Intermediate Wheatgrass (Agropyron intermedium) or a relative.

"Intermediate wheatgrass is a sod-forming, cool-season, perennial grass native to central Europe, the Balkans and Asia Minor. It was introduced into the United States from the Maikop region of Russian in 1932."

There is quite a lot of information online, esp. from agricultural college studies.

http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1990/v1-143.html

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Tim
11 years ago
USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/index.html
Under 'More Information: Characteristics' tree lifespan is listed.

Lifespan: What is the expected lifespan (in years) of a perennial plant relative to other species with the same growth habit? For the Tree growth habit: Short: < 100; Moderate: 100 - 250; Long: >250.

This website http://environ.binghamton.edu/urban/edible.html has good info for fruit and nut trees.

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Tim
12 years ago
Yikes!

I guess it all depends on where you live. Here in New Mexico not only is it legal, it's encouraged and the city I live in has a rain barrel rebate program. I'm just using the harvested rain water for the garden at this point. But, with some more storage capacity I could consider other uses.

Putting in rain barrels was pretty easy for me, the big hold up was getting a new roof first. http://www.econewmexico.com/rain-barrel-water-harvesting

Tim
12 years ago